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How Did Irish Counties Celebrate NYE 2018?

Ireland partied into 2019 in style with late night music and dancing across the country.

As with every year, Dublin City was the background for the RTÉ New Year’s Eve countdown which took place outside the Custom House. It was the seventh year of New Year’s Festival Dublin which hosts the spectacular light show marking the turn of a new year. The Liffey Lights Midnight Moment was an enchanting array of colourful lasers and light beams played out on the front of the Custom House and across the sky above climaxing with dazzling fireworks of all shapes and sizes.

Galway, a city known for its vibrant culture, hosted festivities focused on music and theatre. The Skeff in Eyre Square was the home to several folk music acts throughout the afternoon. A DJ took over in the evening to keep the party going until the traditional Skeff Balloon Drop happened at midnight.

In other areas of the city, the theatre culture was celebrated with Halo nightclub hosting late night dancing in the theme of Moulin Rouge and The Yard at the House Hotel ringing in the new year with a masquerade ball.

Cork City was a great place for families with their annual Glow Festival which featured a market, a carousel and a Ferris Wheel. The festival stayed open until 4 pm which gave parents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with their children before the night-time celebrations ensued.

In the evening, Cork International Hotel threw a Great Gatsby themed party which lasted into the early hours of the new year. The night began with a champagne reception followed by a four-course dinner. The turn of the new year was celebrated with a performance from one of Ireland’s top voted wedding bands, The Bentley Boys.

The Mac, a cultural centre in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, held a circus-themed ‘Big Top Party’ with performers, karaoke and live music all through the night. Titanic Belfast, meanwhile, threw a cocktail party where guests spent the night dancing in front of the iconic Grand Staircase.

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